The end of this week will mark the start of a 100-day countdown for firms currently using Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 to switch to an updated operating system – sticking with the old one will put client data at risk and leave firms trailing behind competitors.If you are still using MS2003, come 14 July, not only will you be exposed to greater security risks, but you could miss out on becoming more operationally efficient and be less agile in responding to market opportunities.
Although Windows Server 2003 software will still operate, the support and security patches will officially end. This will place confidential information at much greater risk from hackers and malware attacks, and could bring down core systems such as case and practice management and email, making it impossible to trade. It also means no new updates, resulting in a less powerful and responsive management system.
It is estimated that more than 10 million machines still run WS2003, and that includes many UK law firms.
We advise that you act now to avoid increased security risks if using Windows Server 2003, as well as ensure your systems are fit for purpose and IT strategies are in line with your plans for growth.
We also strongly recommend that you consider updating to modern server hardware and software in order to secure confidential information and ensure your firm can continue compete effectively.
Ultimately, if you do not have a migration plan in place then now is the time to act.
The clock is ticking and post 14th July you will be increasingly susceptible to attack and be far less competitive, is it worth the risk?